These are the UK’s best and worst airlines for delays

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More than 25% of all flights into the UK are delayed according to new research conducted by Which?

The study found that out of 850,000 flights landing in the UK, 26% of them were late by more than 15 minutes.

The main offender is Canadian airline Air Transat, almost half of whose UK-bound flights were delayed (45%). Meanwhile coming out on top of the puncuality scale is The Netherlands’ KLM, whose flights were on time 88% of the time.

When it comes to the UK, our airlines are decidedly average when it comes to timekeeping: easyJet clocked in at 34%, British Airways at 26% and Ryanair 23%.

‘These figures confirm our own findings, that our short-haul punctuality is significantly better than that of our biggest short haul rivals,’ a spokesperson for BA told The Independent. ‘And unlike Ryanair, we fly between primar airports where aircraft congestion can increase potential for days.’

Meanwhile a rep for easyJet said: ‘easyJet operates the largest number of flights per year of any UK airline and operates in the busiest airports and most congested airspace in Europe.

‘Our own data shows easyJet’s network punctuality was 76% in 2016 and is [currently] at 80% for 2017. We have a continuous focus on punctuality as we know it’s important to our customers.’

Below is a list of the five best and worst airlines for delays to the UK by percentage of late flights. Mnext time you’re delayed why not try to bag yourself a flight upgrade for next time you fly?

The worst airlines for timekeeping

Air Transat – 45%

Icelandair – 44%

Norwegian – 40%

Malaysia airlines – 40%

Air Canada – 36%

The best airlines for timekeeping

KLM – 12%

Quatar – 14%

Iberia – 16%

Aer Lingus – 18%

Etihad – 18%

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